Mechanical gremlins may have robbed Luke Allen his chance of Pre 2003 Touring Car glory at the weekend – but the youngster is already focusing his thoughts towards next season.
Break and gear box issues forced the Hilborough race ace to sit out the final round at Thruxton, but it still didn’t stop him from finishing second overall in his first season in the championship.
Although it was a bitter pill to swallow, Allen said: “We had a team meeting and it would have cost us quite a bit of money to get the issues sorted for Thruxton.
“With this in mind we decided not to race at Thruxton, which was disappointing but we had to look at the bigger picture.
“Deep down I was gutted but at the end of the day it boils down to cost and we are self-funded.”
Despite his disappointment, Allen, 23, has still exceeded all his expectations in 2015 in his self-built car.
“I never expected the season to go as well as it did for me,” admitted Allen.
“It was very much a learning curve for us but it has gone a lot better than what we ever expected.
“I never imagined that we would end up finishing the season in second place with one of the fastest cars on the circuit.
“I felt in the second half of the season we really got on top of the car, but I was still competing against drivers with a lot more experience than myself who were throwing and spending a lot more money on their cars.”
The youngster and his dad spent most of last year building the 2002 Honda Civic, from a shell he bought on eBay.
Having previously competed in the MSV Trackday Trophy before stepping into his Civic, Allen smashed his aim of claiming an overall race win by bagging four victories, along with 10 podiums, during a memorable 2015 campaign.
“I was pretty much in the top 10 in every single race in the MSV Trackday Trophy, so I was delighted to break my duck of no overall race wins this season, said Allen, who used to race remote control cars to a national level before making the switch to get behind the wheel.
Allen said: “I’d like to go as far as I possibly can in motorsport.
“We will stick with the Pre 2003 Touring Car Championship next year and then go from there.
“Any other support in terms of sponsorship for next season would be greatly appreciated.”